Set Tivos to Stun: Nick Gillespie on Parker Spitzer Tonight at 8PM ET


Reason's Nick Gillespie will appear tonight on CNN's Parker Spitzer show. He debates The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel on the effects of the stimulus, whether gridlock is good, and exactly what should be cut from the federal budget.

Tune in to CNN at 8PM ET. And while you're waiting, check out Gillespie's previous appearance (October 12) on the show:

Sweet mogoley-bogoley, here's even more Gillespie on Parker Spitzer.

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  1. Spitzer? I don’t even know her? (Same with park her.)

    Seriously, CNN should just give Gillespie that time slot. He would be money.

    1. What? And miss O’Reily???

      1. O’Reilly is repeated at 11:00 PM EST.

  2. He debates The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel

    Nick, I’ll give you $50 if you slit that bitch’s throat.

    With your rapier wit!

  3. At 3 to one, my money is on The Jacket. If I’ve got any left after my trip to get some Krystals. I can eat a LOT of Krystals.

    1. Not if I get my way, Wind Rider!

  4. Nick completely dominated the panel last time he was on; I bet he does it again.

    1. Don’t underestimate vanden Heuvel. She has the courage of her insanity.

  5. I’m surprised they’re having The Jacket back this soon. He needs to hurt someone this time.

    1. “I came here to kick ass, chew bubblegum, and discuss the stimulus. And I’m all out of bubblegum and I’m sick of discussing the stimulus with you statist boneheads.”

      1. And to think that Customer #9 used to pay big bucks for this kind of abuse. . .

        1. Client, damnit!

          It’s Client #9. So much more sophisticated sounding.

  6. BTW, H&R lovers, get ready for another flame war with the usual gang of anti-Stossel nitwits, tomorrow, when Reason publishes his latest:

    Plastic Water Bottles Won’t Hurt You

    “Canada has announced it will ban the chemical bisphenol A — known as BPA — which is used to make plastic water and baby bottles.

    The head of the Canadian environmental group Environmental Defence is thrilled:

    “Kudos to the federal government. … We look forward to seeing BPA legally designated as ‘toxic’ as soon as possible.”

    But the evidence doesn’t actually show that BPA is toxic. Europe’s equivalent of the FDA concluded: “(T)he data currently available do not provide convincing evidence of neurobehavioral toxicity.”

    So sharpen your wits, and have fun. Tony and Chad are most likely salivating in anticipation, right now.

    1. This will not be as epic as Bailey’s 7 year old 461 comments US CHOULD INVADE CANADA thread…..a#comments

      1. Who the fuck are all those people?

        1. The ones that gave all those Canadian rats cancer, that’s who!

          1. The first comment is on February 10, and the next (non-threaded) one is March 5?

            Goddamn! Comments sure did take a long time to be sailed back and forth across the Great Lakes back then.

            1. The homing-beaver probably got distracted by a maple tree.

              1. How the fuck did a 2003 post get threaded comments?

                1. Travelers from the future. If only we could use threaded comments to go back in time and warn Hitler not to go into politics.

                  1. Vienna, 1907: after numerous attempts, have infiltrated the Academy of Fine Arts and facilitated Adolf Hitler’s admission to that institution. Goodbye, Hitler the dictator; hello, Hitler the modestly successful landscape artist! Brought back a few of his paintings as well, any buyers?

                    1. Nice going. I wondered how Josef Stalin conquered all of Europe in 1952-4 except Britain and the Iberian peninsula.

                      Go back to 1917 and help out the White Army already.

                    2. Nah, just get Lenin to miss the damned train, and see if that works. Less effort.

  7. Speaking of insanely awful, Joan Walsh and Chris Matthews, under the banner of HEADSTOMPING, are looping the tape of the guy who stood on the shoulder of the thwarted Rand Paul prankster. “They stomped on her head! She was performing street theater and they stomped on her head!” Great stuff from the reliably insane “Hardball.”

    1. They STILL haven’t changed the name of that show to Cheeseball? No one listens to my ideas.

      1. No, no, no…the appropriate name is Meatball.

          1. Goofball?

            1. What’s the deal about balls anyway?

            2. Slimeball?

                1. They do stoop pretty low.

            3. No balls?

              1. Spaceballs!!!!


                1. Snowball?

                    1. Ball gag would suit them best.

        1. The best part of that tape is the prankster’s Rachel Maddow haircut. No wonder she was wearing a wig.

      2. SCREWBALL?


      3. I’m almost certain that both of Matthews’s viewers will be moved to rage over the incident.

    2. She was performing street theater and they stomped on her head!

      You mean that isn’t the appropriate response to street theater?

      Oh my.

      1. Is it safe to come out of the closet now?

  8. That poor guy from NPR.

    I am sure he was expecting to debate a Republican rather then hear a libertarian say we can cut 50% from our military and still meet our national security needs.

    1. I got that feeling too. Liberals so often get perplexed when they run into a real libertarian. Especially liberals who have spent their entire adult lives fighting with Republicans.

      1. The best is arguing with lefties who actually merge libertarian with Republican. They invariably and repeatedly argue against Republican positions that libertarians hate and think they’re being effective or clever. Usually they smug it up, too, so they look extra-assholish.

  9. Don’t underestimate vanden Heuvel. She has the courage of her insanity.

    Worse. She’s a born asshole, from both sides. They’re impervious to…pervasion.



    1. “Second stop? Not Iraq, not Iran, not Russia. I’ll tell you where. You know where…? Canada. I don’t trust those people, okay? They’re too nice, and they’re too quiet, and they live right above America. I think if you live in Buffalo, right on the Canadian border, and you listen real close, late at night, you can hear those Canadians up there, sharpening their ice skates, getting ready to come down here and take our fucking cheese!”

      1. …and our sheep!

        1. There’s a threat from the Kiwis now?

    2. It never really occurred to me before now, but after the ten thousandth time I have read the same litany from Canadians, South Africans, Western Europeans (my many Central & Eastern contacts sound nothing like their Western idiotic cousins), Mexicans and South Americans that exactly resemble this one:

      James Dee|4.5.03 @ 12:32PM|#

      Typical stupid American ego talk. Your attempts at isolating yourself from the rest of the world will be your own downfall. Your hostility towards us is nothing more then your deep seated jealousy that the Canadian way of life is what you only wish you could have, but realize that the majority of your population are ignorant, uneducated hicks blindly following the propaganda fed to you by CNN and your idiot president. Why don’t you worry about cleaning up your own pathetic nation before you go attacking everyone elses. And no, Canadians have no interest whatsoever in being American, we’d rather sit back and watch you make asses of yourselves on the world stage.

      Do you realize what the rest of the world is lacking that Americans have in spades? Nuance and sophistication. Seriously. The average redneck Wal-Mart shopper is a Frederich Nietzsche compared to these automaton. Given he foresaw socialism, egalitarianism and unchecked democratic impulses conditioning Europeans into becoming lower functioning animals, it shouldn’t be such a surprise to me they are no longer fully functioning human beings, but I like to think the best of people in general.

    3. My favorite was the one after the all cap Israel basher. The guy makes a pretty good argument against blaming Israel for the Iraqis war and then for the second half he launches into an insane tirade advocating invading Canada. Beautiful. Cesar/Neil?

      1. Two words. Joy Behar. A few more words. Thank God the rest of the planet has never heard of her or we would be the ones on the suck end of that diatribe.

      2. Whoops. Forgot to change back. It would only be confusing if I did now though.

  11. It’s amazing to me that some people are still defending the stimulus. The Harry Reid quote where he said that is was he who “saved the world from a global recession” is pretty priceless and a great commentary on how far away the fantasy land is that these idiots live in.

    1. There are countless people on the left (who I consider to be otherwise at least somewhat reasonable) that are 100% sure that the stimulus worked, no qualifiers.

      It’s really fascinating.

  12. Why do all the good shows have to be on during the World Series?

    1. Make no mistake, this is not a good show. Only Gillespie will make it watchable.

    2. Because any series without the Cubs just ain’t worth watchin.

  13. Katrina is going Krugman! SPEND, BARRY, SPEND!

  14. Ha, Gillespie has to tell Spitzer to think.

    1. +50 Nick

      1. I don’t know how you get within 20 feet of Spitzer without beating him to death. That vile, evil, hypocritical piece of shit.

        1. Yeah, I was thinking about how being in the same room with him would make my skin crawl. Shit, just watching that weasel on the screen makes me angry.

          1. He makes my skin crawl to. And he was known by his pimp to be a client who liked to rough up the girls he slept with. He is just a sleaze bag. And to think that Parker spends a ton of collumn inches talking about the need for “Decency”. God, she is a bigger whore than the girls Spitzer paid to sleep with.

            1. I had a fair amount of respect for Parker previously, because she could be good on some issues (e.g., WoD), and she didn’t carry water for either side. But yeah, it’s hard not to lose respect for her working with that shit.

              1. Just how sleazy do you have to be to be refused a talk show these days? That Spitzer scum should be in a jail cell somewhere or at least just rotting in a trailer. The media has lost its sense of shame if it ever had it.

  15. Make him disclose his tax forms, Nick!

  16. Stupid private sector, not sticking its neck out to help Obama.

  17. Gillespie just told Spitzer he doesn’t have a grasp on why the economy is stagnating.

  18. Jesus H – I took less than 2 minutes of this and can’t believe Nick hasn’t pulled out his Wilson Combat .45 offed all three of them.

    Back to “Gun It with Benny Spies” (TGF DVR…)

    1. Does Nick really own a Wilson? If so, that’s fucking awesome.

      1. You think The Jacket would have anything less than a sleek, custom 1911 tucked between the sleeve and the heart?

      2. I suspect Nick does not own a gun and has only fired them at long-in-the-tooth libertarian events.

        Not a criticism. I do not own a gun and have only fired them when i was growing up and hunting with my dad.

    2. Nick strikes me as more of a PPK man.

  19. “Obama is in the pocket of Wall Street, even more so than Bush, I would argue.”

    Katrina is trying to scratch Nick’s eyes out all through this commercial break for that statement.

  20. Good job JACKET. You nailed them!

  21. It will be shorter to have Gillespie list what he wouldn’t cut.

  22. Spitzer sure knows how to egg the show on past its interesting parts. Let Gillespie talk.

  23. Ha, wow, Nick backhanded Katrina on defining terms.

    1. She comes in with wanting to shift the discussion to investment budget vs. operating budget, and Gillespie so fucking perfectly dismissed her by explaining that’s what they were already talking about when they were discussing entitlements. It looked so misogynistic if not for the fact I’ve seen him do the same to stupid men in other appearances.

  24. Yeah, this show is terrible. It’s right at home on CNN.

  25. Just like the other women in Spitzer’s life, Parker is permitted to define the terms at the beginning of each segment, but then its face to the wall and no talking.

  26. I don’t have cable. Fist, can you please let us know as soon as The Jacket leaps forth from Gillespie’s shoulders and consumes what’s left of vanden Heuvel’s mind?

    1. She was wearing leather as well, in a vain attempt to repulse (or attract?) The Jacket’s attack.

      Anyway, it’s over. The show was getting too interesting for CNN so they moved on to other guests.

  27. I was at the gym on the treadmill and completely forgot this post. Does it make me gay if I was watching The Jacket instead of the (probably statist) fit chick in front of me on the elliptical?

    1. Yes. NTTAWWT.

    2. No, just more of a political geek than is physically or emotionally healthy.

    3. Did you want to fuck him? If so, are you a man? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, then yes, you are gay.


    this has to be read to be believed. Feminists truly are evil.

    Sadly, this article (“Who’s the Daddy?” by Melanie McDonagh) lurks behind the London Spectator’s paywall. That’s a shame, because in its own quite astoundingly malevolent way, it’s not without interest. The author’s complaint? That DNA tests now allow men to know whether they are truly the fathers of the children that they are being asked to provide for. I would have thought that this was a good thing. Ms. McDonagh does not.

    DNA tests are an anti-feminist appliance of science, a change in the balance of power between the sexes that we’ve hardly come to terms with. And that holds true even though many women have the economic potential to provide for their children themselves?Uncertainty allows mothers to select for their children the father who would be best for them. The point is that paternity was ambiguous and it was effectively up to the mother to name her child’s father, or not? Many men have, of course, ended up raising children who were not genetically their own, but really, does it matter?in making paternity conditional on a test rather than the say-so of the mother, it has removed from women a powerful instrument of choice.

    1. Many men have, of course, ended up raising children who were not genetically their own, but really, does it matter?in making paternity conditional on a test rather than the say-so of the mother, it has removed from women a powerful instrument of choice.

      And the poor guy who is raising someone else’s kid had no choice in the matter. All the choices for me, and none for you. Fun stuff.

    2. Put that up top of tomorrow’s morning links. We have to get the full article; the rest of it has to be equally magical.

    3. Women already have a “powerful instrument of choice”.

      It’s called birth control.

      Barring that, there’s also the option of not spreading your legs for ugly deadbeats.

    4. When one wonders how feminists could support a cad like Bill Clinton, something like this comes along. McDomough’s version of feminism lines up well with the sexual agenda of an inveterate womanizer, as a woman will not hold a clearly irresponsible man to taking care of her kid if someone with loyalty is available.

      1. That is a really good point. Never thought of it that way

  29. In previous eras, we would have either left this woman and her brat outside the town border with curt instructions on how not to come back, or just shun her altogether for such bat-shit insane talk.

    Now, they get a newspaper column. Goodness, how we’ve progrssed as a people.

    1. Shit. That was to John’s comment above.

  30. Part of this is already up on the Parker Spitzer Blog here:


  31. Threadjack!

    President Obama is on The Daily Show and I want to see blood! Where’s the Jon Stewart that blindsided Jim Cramer?

  32. Nick is really good at handling these folks, but in this one seems maybe a slight bit too argumentative, and also a bit aggressive about talking over other people. I understand that one has to talk over others to prevent them from talking over oneself, but he could probably stand to let some else finish first, then speak his piece. He would probably get a greater number of complete sentences out that way.

    1. I disagree. I thought Nick was admirably restrained, he let Katrina get away with the “jobs created of saved”.

      And Spitzer, jesus. Really, people need to go thank some whores that he isn’t in Washington.

      1. Thank the whores!

  33. I’m watching the video in the post and Nick is chewing them up in his usual loquacious style, but why the hell do they have an empty plate in the middle?

    1. When The Jacket hands somebody their ass he likes to give it to them on a plate.

  34. Nick, did you bitchslap Spitzer during the commercial break while screaming “Ethics, bitch! I got yer ethics!”

  35. Holy shit, Spitzer said something intelligent… I’m stunned. How’d he get caught bangin hos again?

    1. “I am sorry you are not credible”


      1. I used to think he was rude, but who wouldn’t be in his position? All 90% of the people he talks to do is regurgitate their party’s tired talking points.

  36. [sigh]

    In the Battle of The Jackets, the loser was America.

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